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Police summoned journalists with Hromadske for questionning after protests rally

23.12.2020, 15:19

Police is summoning journalists for questioning after clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters during the SaveIndividuals entrepreneurs (SaveFOP) protest rally on December 15 in Kyiv.

Hromadske revealed, they received the subpoena from the Shevchenkivskyi Police Department in Kyiv. The investigators required to provide them with photos and videos from the scene, claiming that they "could contribute in establishing of the truth." They also asked to provide some contact information of journalists, cameramen who covered the event, and to secure their appearance for questioning. 

On December 15, outraged individual entrepreneurs gathered for a protest rally in Kyiv, under slogan "SaveFOP" and demanded to abolish restrictions on business activities during lockdown from 8 to 24 January and to adopt Bill №3993 and №3853-1 (2) as to simplification of income individual entrepreneurs. They also asked that all changes in the legislation concerning private individuals be made only after discussion with the business circles.

When the protesters tried to set up military and tourist tents, the clashes occurred on Independence Square with the police. The police first prevented the tents from being set up and later dismantled them. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported about 40 injured policemen.

The police opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Art. 365 ㅡ threat or violence against a law enforcement officer. The sanction of the article entails restriction of liberty for up to 5 years or imprisonment for up to 5 years.

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